There are 92 people hospitalized with the virus, including 21 in intensive care. The province recorded no new deaths on Sunday.
The majority of the new cases, 106, were in the central health zone. The western and eastern zones each reported nine new cases and there were two cases in the northern zone.
A press release from the province said a 10th patient from a non-COVID unit in the Halifax infirmary tested positive for COVID-19. The person has been released and is recovering at home, the statement said.
The statement said all other patients on the unit have tested negative for the virus and are being monitored. Doctors and staff working in the unit are tested.
Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robert Strang, urged Nova Scotians to “stay the course” to keep the numbers low.
“We knew we would have ups and downs as we worked to bring this epidemic under control,” he said in a statement.
Nova Scotia Health Laboratories performed 6,660 tests on Saturday.
There are 1,531 known active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Sunday’s report listed 103 recoveries.
Halifax shipyard reopens
The Halifax shipyard is expected to resume operations on Monday from the day shift, according to a press release from Irving Shipbuilding on Sunday.
Operations at the shipyard were suspended Thursday after a positive COVID-19 test from a person connected to his second patrol vessel in the Arctic and offshore.
Sunday’s statement said shipyard workers will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result for the previous seven days before being allowed into the facility.
Application of restrictions
Nova Scotia police continued to enforce COVID-19 restrictions over the weekend.
Halifax police made five arrests and laid charges at separate rallies in the city on Saturday.
Police issued a total of 21 tickets under the Health Protection Act and Emergency Management Act for two events, according to a press release.
One of the events was a motorcade billed as a “COVID Free Palestine Safe Car Rally” that started near Saint Mary’s University in the south of the city. The other was a small protest against COVID-19 restrictions held on Citadel Hill in defiance of a court injunction.
Increase in tests, vaccinations
Sunday’s statement said there are clusters of cases in Sydney, Bridgewater and the Annapolis Valley, from New Minas to Kentville, which are “of concern.”
General testing will be available in these communities to determine if there are any cases in these communities that public health is not yet aware of.
As of Thursday, 415,570 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered. Of that number, 38,830 Nova Scotians received their second dose.
On Friday, it was announced that vaccination appointments had been opened to people aged 35 to 39.
Atlantic Canada Case Numbers
- New Brunswick reported 11 new cases on Sunday. There are now 116 active cases. Eleven people are hospitalized, including three in intensive care.
- Newfoundland and Labrador reported nine new cases on Sunday for a total of 85 active cases. A person is in the hospital.
- PEI reported a new case on Saturday. The new case is a person in their 20s who is close contact with a previously reported case related to daycare. The province has 10 active cases.